Jo Swinson used her first leader’s speech at the Liberal Democrat’s 2019 conference to insist her party will “revoke Article 50 on day one” and stop Brexit if elected into Government. Nigel Farage played a recording of Ms Swinson in Parliament from before June 2016, where she appears to call for a Brexit referendum. Speaking on his LBC show, Mr Farage began: “It’s all well and good you telling us how awful the referendum result is, in fact so bad that you want the whole thing cancelled.
“But before you became leader Jo Swinson, you said this in Parliament.”
The Brexit Party leader then played the recording, in which Ms Swinson declared: “The Liberal Democrats would like to have a referendum on the major issue of in or out of Europe.”
Mr Farage commented: “There you are. So she wanted an in out referendum, she called for it.
“Then when she gets the result she doesn’t like it, and thinks it should be scrapped. Well there are some big questions I think about this Liberal Democrat policy.”Brexit news: Nigel Farage played an old recording of Jo Swinson calling for a referendum (Image: LBC/Sky News)Brexit news: Nigel Farage claimed there are "big questions" around the policy (Image: LBC)
During the Liberal Democrats party conference on Tuesday, Ms Swinson gave a speech where she said: “We are crystal clear. A Liberal Democrat majority government will revoke Article 50 on day one.
“Because there is no Brexit that will be good for our country. Europe makes our United Kingdom stronger but Brexit hurts our family of nations.
“For so many the 2016 referendum ushered in a new kind of politics, driven by hate, fear and division.
“But for those of us who had lived through the 2014 independence referendum, it all felt too familiar.”Brexit news: Nigel Farage made the comments on his LBC radio show (Image: LBC)
“I am Scottish. I am British. I am European.
“Scottish nationalism and English nationalism would both have me choose. But there is no contradiction. I’m a proud Scot, I love our United Kingdom and I feel stronger as part of the European family.”
The Liberal Democrats on Sunday voted overwhelmingly to revoke Article 50 and stop Brexit without a popular vote should they secure a majority at the next general election.
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Following the decision, Lib Dems leader Jo Swinson said her party will continue to work together with other opposition groups in Parliament to ensure the Government does not deliver a no deal Brexit and to campaign for another referendum.
Speaking to the BBC on Monday, Ms Swinson said: “We still want to have a People's Vote. We've been arguing for that for the last three-and-a-half years - to put the Brexit deal to the public in a referendum.
"But when we have an election, if we haven't had a People's Vote, people will be looking to resolve the issue of Brexit, and there are so many people in this country who are so sick of hearing about it.
"They want to get on with their lives and want the Government to get on with making their lives better."
Lib Dems have enjoyed a revival in support over the past few months, with several MPs defecting to back Ms Swinson’s stance on Brexit.